Five bars in one city block?
To the Editor:
It appears that Hardware Hank will soon become the fifth Bar in one downtown Caledonia city block as reported in The Argus on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 with the full endorsement of the mayor and city council. The one saving item is that the city council has not yet approved this added liquor license!
Maybe, if an adequate amount of citizens call or write the mayor and council members, they will not approve the added liquor license.
This may be another historical event for the city of Caledonia and Houston County. After all, does anyone know of any other city in the U.S.A. that has five alcohol-serving bars within one city block?
It is my opinion our current alcohol serving bars have served us all more than adequately and in many cases gone beyond the call of duty to give back to the city and county. Will this new fifth bar cause the current bars to go out of business? Will this end our community Thanksgiving dinner and our community Christmas dinner? The city should be very proud of these community dinners! How many cities have both, community Thanksgiving and community Christmas dinners in which ANY and ALL are invited and served.
I, for one, appreciate the American Legion Club, Elsie’s Bar and Grill, Frankie’s Inn and The Ranch as having proven that they have more than adequately served the community. I, for one, want no part of betrayal to any downtown Caledonia business.
Think about it. Do we, the residents of Caledonia/Houston County want to be best known for being a city/county that has basically more bars in a downtown city block than any other city? Do we want a city in which the young women and men are left with the only choice for doing something at night is to decide what bar to go to? Is it the city’s primary goal to increase the number of drug users and alcoholics? Is there really any good new purpose to add this fifth alcohol serving bar? Is the city council telling us that this is the type of business development that is good for the city? Think about it!
The Caledonia City Council should immediately place a moratorium on liquor licenses in downtown Caledonia city.
Lastly, we express our appreciation to the mayor and council members for the publication of the financials of the city of Caledonia. The financials certainly show that YOU have performed an excellent job. It is disgusting that the county commissioners continue to withhold all financial information from us all by not publishing their financials! Especially since the 2011 budget had an increase of $6,705,468 for a grand total of $31,272,190. What are the commissioners afraid of?
God bless the city of Caledonia and Houston County.